Wickhambrook First Responders ready for the call

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A new voluntary medical emergency group went on call for the first time on Saturday (March 1) covering Wickhambrook and surrounding villages.

The seven-strong Community First Responders team covers Wickhambrook, Lidgate, Ousden, Chedburgh and Stradishall and will operate under the auspices of the ambulance service.

They will be called out as the first line of emergency care while paramedics and ambulance staff are on their way to tend someone suffering from breathing difficulties, cardiac arrests, chocking and other non-trauma situations.

The idea for the responders was first raised during consultation for the Wickhambrook Village Plan, leading to a public meeting to discuss who would be interested in getting involved.

With the ambulance service’ statistics proving that the responders would be a useful back up in the area the wheels were set in motion to set it up,

Since the group was formed last autumn they have recruited volunteers from Wickhambrook, Ousden and Chedburgh and have been busy fund-raising and undertaking training.

By early April there will be about 12 people trained and two sets of kit including two defibrillators.

Suffolk County Councillor for the area, Mary Evans, funded the purchase of the first set of kit.

She said: “I very willingly agreed to give the group about £1,150 out of my locality budget to buy the kit.

“I want to congratulate them for their energy and enthusiasm in getting this group up and running so quickly.

“I hope none of us ever needs to call on them but aren’t we lucky to have such committed and caring friends and neighbours?

If you would like to be involved or want to know more, please contact Peter Vince on wickhambrookcfr@gmail.com.